This drawing is from the Wriothesley Heraldic Collections at the British Library (Add. MS 45131-45133). Sir Thomas Wriothesley was a herald and Garter king of arms from 1505 until 1534. He participated in numerous significant State events, including the funeral of Henry VII (1509), the coronation of Henry VIII (1509), the Field of Cloth of Gold (1520) and the coronation of Anne Boleyn (1533). As a herald, Wriothesley created and collected a great deal of material relating to arms and office. The volume from which this drawing is taken is concerned with funerals and monuments and is the earliest of its kind.
Richard, 6th Baron Beauchamp de Saint-Amand (1453-1508), whose tomb is the earliest to appear in Wriothesley’s volume, was interred in the Dominican Church in London (present-day Blackfriars). Wriothesley’s drawing captures his effigy, tomb and canopy and was probably drawn from life. The church did not survive the Dissolution and closed in 1538.